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PERSPECTIVE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 340-341

The future of glaucoma surgery


Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA

Correspondence Address:
Arsham Sheybani
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2008-322X.170343

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Glaucoma surgery is ripe for innovation. In the last few years, there has been a substantial increase in the number of devices approaching commercialization. While not all that is new is necessarily good, the role of these devices in changing glaucoma surgery is equally important in terms of both success and failure. Trabeculectomy, the most commonly performed incisional filtration surgery for glaucoma, is subjective by nature and certainly has risks. As devices aim to standardize glaucoma surgery, specifically subconjunctival filtration surgery, predictability and in turn safety should theoretically improve. This may allow the glaucoma surgeon to intervene earlier in the disease process, prevent more advanced vision loss and potentially decrease the burden of medications.


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